Sunday, December 2, 2007

Going Crazy

My hard drive on my computer broke over thanksgiving break...I didn't back up any of my i lost all the research for this class...also I don't have a computer so its going to be hard for me to find all my blogs will be seriously lacking because I have to go up to the library to post a blog. ALso, I have to do all this during finals. My interview is kinda hard for me to do...cauz my phone broke also. Everything I own is falling apart...and right before

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Questions Pulled from the 1, 2, 3 Step Process

Pulling Questions

>What feelings does someone have after they are diagnosed with cancer? What conclusions have they come to about life? Has this knowledge changed thier outlook on life at all? What do they think is the next step in life?

>How does a person make a desicion on which treatment to choose? Does a doctor tell them thier options or do they research them on thier own?

>What treatment options will insurance companies cover? How much is the copay? What happens to someone who doesn't have insurance?

1, 2, 3 Step Process of Development

1-The single most pressing question for someone who has been diagnosed with cancer is "What do i do now?"

2- There are many emotions that come into play for someone who has just been diagnosed with cancer. Fear and anger are common emotions but the greatest emotion is probably worry. Confusion about what to do next is the biggest issue on a cancer patients mind. I've known people who have been diagnosed with cancer, but I want to see what process they go through in order to get the treatment that they need.

3-A better assessment of the emotions involved with being diagnosed with cancer will allow me to better determine why people choose the kind of treatments that they do. I want to talk to a doctor or patient involved with cancer, and get their assessment on the process of getting treatment. Clear options and a firm grasp of one's emotions will help eliminate some of the worry that arises after diagnoses.

New paths to search

After talking to a reference librarian, it seems a good idea to me to look into government documents. There seem to be a lot of information about how to go about recieving cancer treatment. Most of it I think comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, but I think I might look into the National Institutes of Health. There is also a lot of information I can find at the National Cancer Institute. I also will take her advice and check into the health sciences library. There seems to be a good deal of information there that will help me. Also, there is more information on treatment studies if I call the number 1-800-4-CANCER.

Monday, September 17, 2007


I've been trying out a lot of the stuff we talked about in class about the "AND", "OR", and "NOT". So I tried it out on Google. I thought I'd experiment to just see what sort of results I would get. I typed in "cancer treatment -money" to see if I could get information about just cancer treatments NOT including the financial information. I want the financial information too but I would like to receive them from sites that ONLY talk about treatments OR sites that ONLY talk about financial costs of cancer. I think I might get higher quality sites this way instead of sites that just contain a lot of information. Interestingly, the search took me straight to the national cancer institute. After examining the site, the national cancer institute does not have a lot of information on the financial cost, but instead on the treatment itself. This way of searched seemed to be very productive for me. I think it will be a sensible way to get good information not lots of information. I'm after quality, not quantity.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Class Exercise 1

Topic Area: The process of treating cancer.

Why would certain cancer treatments be harder to get than others?

  1. How can hospitals help patients get new treatments?
  2. How does the cost of creating these treatment relate to the development of them?
In-Class Exercise III

1. I used Google search engine and typed in the key words "cancer treatment options" and received several good websites.
2. Now that I know where the information is, I feel much more comfortable with my topic choice.
3. I think for general information that I need, Google is the best way to go.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Information needed

In order to research this topic, information will need to be found and documented. Several key pieces of information will be vital to the reasearch of this topic. Information on the types of treatment options for cancer will need to be found. Facts will need to be determined about the nature of each option. The cost of each treatment option will also need to be discovered. Data will need to be discovered about new and innovative treatment options that are being offered. An investigation will also need to be done on the research being formed about these new treatments. All information should be documented in the correct way.

What are the costs and benefits of treatment options for Cancer?

The beginning of the twenty-first century has ushered in new treatments options for cancer. In the past, treatment options for cancer were limited. New and advanced treatments have developed in the last few years. However, with new treatments come new costs. Can the newly developed treatment options be affordable to everyone? How costly were the old treatment methods? What are some of the complications of the new and old methods?
From new FDA approved drugs to entirely original procedures, huge strides are being made in the fight against cancer. Treatments include, but are not limited to: chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone therapy, individual cancer drugs, and bisphosphonates. The options for cancer treatment are growing; and with the help of support groups, the costs are decreasing.

(2007). Cancer Treatments. Retrieved August 26, 2007, from Cancer Research UK Web Site: